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CSE Lab Study


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Chromium in lipsticks

CSE calculated the exposure to heavy metals from cosmetics as percentage of Average Daily Intake (ADI). ADI is the maximum amount of a toxin that a person can be exposed to without any appreciable health risk. The graph below shows the level of exposure from Chromium in different brands of lipsticks as per cent of ADI. Exposure from two types of use—average use (24mg/day) and high use (87mg/day)—has been calculated.

CSE seeks clarification

CSE shared its findings with the respective companies to find out the reasons for the presence of such high levels of heavy metals in cosmetics. “We hoped that this would help find ways to limit the presence of heavy metals in cosmetics,” say CSE researchers. After several months of correspondence about batch details, testing methodology and follow-ups, only seven companies responded—The Body Shop India, Lakme of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Emami Ltd, ELCA Cosmetics Pvt Ltd (Estee lauder), Modi Revlon Pvt Ltd and ITC Ltd.

Study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) reveals mercury poisoning in Sonbhadra district, CSE says a Minamata-style disaster waiting to happen

Laboratory study tests soil, water, fish and human blood, nails and hair.

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Laboratory study tests soil, water, fish and human blood, nails and hair.

Finds high and toxic levels of mercury in most samples

Lab Report: CSE Study: Mercury Pollution in Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh and its Health Impacts

Watch out for what you eat. It could be killing you slowly and sweetly: says new CSE junk food and nutrition study

  • Most junk foods contain very high levels of trans fats, salts and sugar – which inevitably lead to severe ill health and diseases like obesity and diabetes
  • CSE lab tests 16 major brands of foods relished by people, particularly the young: Maggi and Top Ramen noodles, MacDonald’s foods, KFC’s fried chicken and Haldiram’s Aloo Bhujia, among others
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Lethal Games

CSE LAB STUDY: TOXIC TOYS

Worse, and almost predictable now, the Indian government does not regulate or monitor the use of these inimical chemicals, putting children at risk.

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